March 7: An Evening with Alturas Duo

@ The Falls Church Episcopal
115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church
Music at 8:00 pm
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The Alturas Duo has been recognized by music critics for their "marvelous virtuosity" (Washington Post) and is considered one of the most engaging ensembles performing in the chamber music world today. The only group of its kind, the Duo was formed with the idea of playing South American and classical music by bringing together the unusual combination of the viola, charango and guitar, and in doing so, creating passionate music that moves at ease between the Baroque, South American folk rhythms and new pieces written especially for the Duo. They join us on this evening while in town to perform the premiere of "El Vuelo de Tu Alma" by the Chilean composer Javier Farias, with the New Orchestra of Washington on April 28.

The Duo has performed in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador and throughout the US and Puerto Rico including recitals at: Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the Smithsonian Institute, the Music Mountain Chamber Music Series, La Guitarra California, and the 34th International Viola Congress. Always in search of new music and collaborations, the Duo has performed with artists as diverse as: charango virtuoso Ernesto Cavour, guitarist and composer Horacio Salinas; flutists Nicole Esposito and Janet Arms, and quena virtuoso Marcelo Pena-Lobo; pianist Polly Ferman and Argentine bandoneon legend, Daniel Binelli; the Choral Arts Society of Washington D.C., Coral Cantigas, the Voce Choir of Hartford; and recently premiered "Concierto de los Andes" by Javier Farias with the Fairfax, Virginia Symphony Orchestra. 


The Duo has held residencies at the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, Brazil and at the Hartt School of Music; and has been a featured performer on NPR. The Duo has worked closely with many composers and has premiered dozens of commissions, arrangements and transcriptions including recent works by; Javier Farias, Raimundo Penaforte, Alexander Silas Walker, Ben Starr and Ronald Pearl. The Duo took First Prize at the 2006 New England International Chamber Music Competition, and won the 2009 CMA / ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Finally, the Duo was named a "Goodwill Ambassador" for the Chilean-American Foundation and helped to raise money for the victims of the 2010 earthquake in the south of Chile.